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John DeMont

John DeMont has been a columnist and Calgary correspondent for The Financial Post, a senior writer, Ottawa correspondent and Atlantic Provinces bureau chief for Maclean's Magazine and a senior writer and columnist for The Chronicle Herald. He has written six books including, most recently, A Good Day's Work, In Pursuit of a Disappearing Canada for Doubleday Canada. His books and articles have won many regional and national awards.

JOHN DeMONT: Bouncing around old memories as wrecking ball looms over Canadian Martyrs

JOHN DeMONT: Bouncing around old memories as wrecking ball looms over Canadian Martyrs

I’m still not exactly sure how I, a Protestant boy, found myself playing basketball for a Catholic team with a name more evocative of torture and death than glorious victory. But I did, for a single memorable season.
JOHN DeMONT: Nova Scotians want change — just as long as nothing changes

JOHN DeMONT: Nova Scotians want change — just as long as nothing changes

I’m not, by nature, a negative man, but when I look at our stagnant economy, our aging population, our rural exodus, I worry about this place. I think that it will take some magic, something bold, to pull us out of our tailspin.
JOHN DeMONT: Nova Scotia could teach B.C. a few things about minority governments

JOHN DeMONT: Nova Scotia could teach B.C. a few things about minority governments

I take it you saw the news: British Columbia moved into largely uncharted territory earlier this week, when a microscopic Liberal victory gave the province its first minority government in 65 years, and only its second since Confederation.
JOHN DeMONT: Remembering our men of Westray

JOHN DeMONT: Remembering our men of Westray

When something terrible happens, it's hard not to impose a narrative on everything you see. I remember a sombre, slate sky as I made my way toward the community of Plymouth, a quarter of a century ago today.
JOHN DEMONT: Conch Shells, the Jack of Clubs and the Big Schnozolla

JOHN DEMONT: Conch Shells, the Jack of Clubs and the Big Schnozolla

Spring is in the air, and that's enough to put columnist John DeMont in a good mood
JOHN DeMONT: Give me something bold to vote for

JOHN DeMONT: Give me something bold to vote for

The early days are the agenda-setting moments in an election campaign. It’s when politicians try to tell us what issues really matter, so that they can proceed to explain why their solutions are inspired, and why the other folks just don’t get it
JOHN DeMONT: Winning the door-to-door election campaign: dog biscuits, don’t ever go inside and don’t ever take it personally

JOHN DeMONT: Winning the door-to-door election campaign: dog biscuits, don’t ever go inside and don’t ever take it personally

Even though the writ hasn't been dropped, Election 2017 is already one of those modern campaigns: tech-savvy underlings tweeting, Facebooking, YouTubing and posting all manner of salvos and promises on Instagram. But it's old-fashioned, door-to-door campaigning that still wins votes.
JOHN DeMONT: Every life needs a little natural wonder

JOHN DeMONT: Every life needs a little natural wonder

A mystery, something to wonder about, is a good thing in this life where so little is unexpected and left up to the imagination.
JOHN DeMONT: Beware anger in the countryside

JOHN DeMONT: Beware anger in the countryside

Historically, the urban-rural divide is crystal clear when it comes to Nova Scotia politics
JOHN DeMONT: Trains and automobiles, sure, but forget the planes

JOHN DeMONT: Trains and automobiles, sure, but forget the planes

I'd take a scenic train ride or a drive in the country any time compared to being crammed into a metal tube that an errant bird could send plummeting to Earth.